Portable Document Format files, also called Adobe Acrobat files, are files in a special format that allows you to view and print their contents on any kind of computer, with any kind of monitor or printer. Viewing documents in this format requires that you have the Adobe Acrobat reader installed; it is free, and it is available for just about any type of computer. If you don’t already have it, you can download it by clicking on the logo above—it’s worth the time it takes to download. Once you have it installed, you can display PDF files directly and automatically in your browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape), and also open them and view them directly on your PC.
Since Adobe Systems Incorporated developed this format, it has gained a great deal of popularity on the Web. Many companies and organizations use it to distribute documents like catalogs, specifications, essays and papers, and forms. Even the United States Government uses PDF files on many of its web sites to distribute official goverment documentation.
I like PDF files because you see documents exactly as they were originally composed. For a really good example of this, take a look at the Los Angeles Times’ Web site for its Washington Edition, where you can download the latest edition of the paper in PDF format. It looks just like the real thing!
If you have a PC running Windows, you can convert a page from a PDF file to wallpaper. To explain how this is done, you can try using my Nellis AFB sign as an example. Follow the instructions below:
Last modified on February 7, 2009